Storm Hosts Edinboro and UIndy on Saturday and Sunday

Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009 3:00 p.m.
Lake Erie College (2-6) vs. Edinboro University (3-1)
Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center (700) Painesville, Ohio
Live Stats: http://www.lec.edu/ath_stats/livestats/mbk/xlive.htm
Series History: Edinboro leads, 11-1
Last Meeting (Result): Edinboro won, 77-61; Nov. 28, 2009 at Erie, Pa.

Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009 3:00 p.m.
Lake Erie College (2-6) vs. University of Indianapolis (3-2)
Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center (700) Painesville, Ohio
Live Stats: http://www.lec.edu/ath_stats/livestats/mbk/xlive.htm 
Series History: First Meeting
Last Meeting (Result): First Meeting

TIP-INS
STORM HOME FOR FIRST TIME IN 3 WEEKS FOR PAIR OF GAMES: For the first time since Nov. 16 the Lake Erie Storm will be the home team on Saturday (Dec. 5) and Sunday (Dec. 6) against Edinboro and Indianapolis. The Storm (2-6) has dropped its last two games after knocking off Gannon in Erie, Pa. on Nov. 27.

EARLY ENDURANCE: So far the Storm has played what might be the most grueling schedule in all of Division II having already played eight games. In an unscientific study of schools at three conferences (GLIAC, WVIAC, PSAC), none have played more than six games and only one (West Virginia State) had even played that many. In addition, four of the Storm's first eight opponents were ranked or received votes in the NABC Preseason Poll.

23rd SEASON OF STORM HOOPS: This is the 23rd season in Lake Erie men's basketball history, in which the Storm has posted an overall record of 183-367 (.333).  However, since opening the 2002-03 season, Lake Erie is 110-87 (.558).

RANK AND FILE: So far this season, Lake Erie has played two ranked teams, Tusculum (No. 14) and Findlay (No. 4). Also, Northern Kentucky was ranked 26th in the NCBCA Preseason Poll. The Storm was 0-5 on the floor last season against ranked opponents (Southern Indiana forfeited a win) and still has three ranked teams left on its 2009-10 schedule, including current No. 4 Florida Southern (Dec. 28) and GLIAC North stalwart No. 18 Grand Valley State (Jan. 2).

STORM NOTES
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE STORM: Lake Erie's comeback attempt at California (Pa.) fell short on Tuesday as the Vulcans closed out a 68-62 decision over the Storm in the final minutes. Lake Erie trailed, 38-31, at halftime and fell behind by 13 with 15 minutes left to play. The Storm, though, battled back behind 15 second-half points by guard Ethan Bradshaw (Cincinnati, Ohio/Harmony Prep), bringing the defecit down to just two points to 58-56 with five minutes to play. The Vulcans closed out with a 6-0 run from there, however, to win, 68-62. Bradshaw paced the Storm with 21 points, tying a Storm season-high set by Joe Roberts (Cleveland, Ohio/Rhodes/Alderson-Broaddus) on Nov. 20.

ON THE GLASS: Lake Erie has done an outstanding job on the offensive glass this season, pulling down 105 offensive boards (13.1 per game), or more than one-third of all rebounds on that end of the floor. The Storm's rebounding proficiency has helped the Storm beat its opponent in second-chance points in seven of its first eight games this season. Joe Roberts leads the squad with 23 offensive boards, while Eric Worthey (South Euclid, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) has corralled 17.

FINALLY HEALTHY: On Tuesday at California (Pa.) the Storm played its opening-night starting lineup for the first time since that day: PG Antonio Kidd (Cleveland, Ohio/Lakewood), SG Ethan Bradshaw, SF Darnell Campbell (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood), PF Joe Roberts and C Garrick Sims (Barberton, Ohio/Barberton). Lake Erie had been bothered by the injury bug to both Bradshaw and Campbell. Campbell and Roberts also came off the bench in the Gary Miller Classic Nov. 27-28. Forward Eric Worthey (South Euclid, Ohio/CVCA) was strong taking over the ‘3' spot for head coach Cliff Hunt in Campbell's absence, averaging nine points and 4.2 boards in five starts.

FIRST IMPRESSION: Junior newcomer Joe Roberts has been terrific in his first seven games with the Storm, leading the team in scoring (14.3), rebounding (5.7) and field-goal percentage (64.1%).

WILD OPENER: Lake Erie played arguably its wildest season opener on Nov. 15, outlasting Ohio Valley 86-84 in triple overtime.  The game tied for the longest in school history (Dec. 19, 2008 vs. Grace College in Canton, Ohio) and was the longest game ever played at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center.  It was the Storm's first overtime victory since Dec. 19, 2006 at St. Vincent and evened their record in overtime since 1994 at 4-4.

ONE POINT AWAY FROM 500: Junior guard Ethan Bradshaw (Cincinnati, Ohio/Harmony Prep) needs just one point to reach 500 for his career. He currently sits at 499.

CAMPBELL NEARS 1,000: In addition to Bradshaw, senior forward Darnell Campbell (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwod) is just 38 points shy of the 1,000-point mark for his career.  To date, he has scored 962 points. Only 10 players have reached the 1,000-point mark in Lake Erie History.